Yoga Tarot Challenge: Day 8 | 10 of Swords

Welcome to Day 8/78 of the Yoga Tarot Challenge! The universe granted me a meditative card today, which I needed.

10 of Swords

The Yoga Tarot 10 of Swords asks, “Am I ready to know the world through action and love? New path — seeking another” (p. 13)

This is possibly the least dramatic 10 of Swords I’ve come across. 10 of Swords is notorious for its tragic meaning, grim outlook, and back-stabbing qualities. This guy, however, seems to represent a different version of “the end.” He’s here to remind us that not everything comes to an end because someone betrays us or tragedy strikes; sometimes things come to an because they’ve simply run their course and it’s time to start something new. Some tragedies aren’t easy to acknowledge.

And some tragedies are mundane, an accumulation of everyday rejection. Some tragedies are created from a thousand silences. Others are one dismissal too many on a pile of grievances. Many tragedies lay unearthed only to be mined in future generations. They are the tragedies where entire peoples are just forgotten…ignored. 

Yoga Tarot 10 of Swords © Lo Scarabeo

Am I ready to know the world through action and love? That isn’t easy in a world layered in the 10 of Swords.

We have all experienced times in our lives when, without our knowledge, it was decided that we were no longer accepted as we were, that our acceptance was conditional. That we weren’t enough.


In this way, it is a betrayal as the traditional 10 of Swords describes; it is just a quiet betrayal. It makes as subtle a sound as a key turning in a lock, and suddenly, the door we thought was open to us is closed.

No matter how many times you tell yourself it doesn’t matter, it does. Because we’re all human, so we know how to hurt one another; we know what hurts us. There are hundreds of ways we use to transfer our pain to other people — through psychological, emotional, physical, and social violence.

Sometimes the 10 of Swords is not dramatic, it’s just a intravenous transfer of pain from one person to another over an extended time period — drip by emotional drip.

Action and love is the cure. Time to start a new path, seeking one another.


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